Cops: Transvestite stabbed SEPTA trolley driver

Christopher Vinson is charged in the stabbing of a SEPTA trolley operator Sept. 14. (Photo / Collingdale Police)
Christopher Vinson is charged in the stabbing of a SEPTA trolley operator Sept. 14. (Photo / Collingdale Police)
Posted: September 15, 2012

A man dressed as a woman allegedly stabbed a SEPTA trolley driver after refusing to pay his fare early this morning in Collingdale, Delaware County.

Police say they were called 12:11 a.m. to Woodlawn and MacDade in response to reports of a stabbing. Arriving officers found the trolley driver standing outside, hunched over, and bleeding from the face.

The driver told police that the man, who normally dresses as a woman, always gets off in Sharon Hill without paying.

The driver apparently had enough and told the man he had to pay.

The suspect, later identified as Christopher Vinson, 29, of the 1200 block of Calcon Drive, Upper Darby, yelled back and still refused to pay. Vinson then allegedly stabbed or slashed the operator in the face with a knife, police said.

The driver was taken to Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital and treated for a puncture wound above his nose and eye.

Meanwhile, police were told Vinson was last seen running on McDade Boulevard wearing a gray shirt and leopard skin pants.

Collingdale police, and officers from area departments, such as Aldan and Darby, began a search.

Vinson was spotted and Delaware County Intermediate Unit school and taken into custody.

A witnessed identified Vinson as the stabber, according to police.

Vinson was charged with simple assault, aggravated assault, possession of an instrument of crime, reckless endangerment, harassment and theft of services.

He was arraigned this morning before Senior Judge Michael Cullen, Collingdale District Court, and was unable to post bail.

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